Norma Jean and Marilyn
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Two of Hollywood's hottest young actresses, Mira Sorvino (1995's Academy Award Winner: Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "Mighty Aphrodite") and acclaimed stage and screen star Ashley Judd star as two sides of the woman America loved, but who struggled to love herself: Marilyn Monroe. To the world, Marilyn was a vivacious star, the epitome of sexuality, sensuality, and frolicsome fun. Every man wanted her- every woman wanted to be her. But behind the enticing smile, beneath the tight fitting dresses, there was a dark secret- one Marilyn couldn't bury in her past the child inside called Norma Jean. Everything Norma Jean dreams of, Marilyn achieves. Every man she struggles to resist, Marilyn succumbs to. And while Marilyn climbs the ladder of success, Norma Jean waits beneath it, almost willing her to fall.
Sensuous, shocking, sensational, this is the secret life and loves of the girl called Norma Jean and the woman who became Marilyn.
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The premise of the movie is that as the real Marilyn, her birth name Norma Jean, hated the fictional character, the creation of Marilyn Monroe, sex goddess, and what "Marilyn" did to rise to the top. The problem with the premise is that in the beginning of the movie Norma Jean (Marilyn before she became Marilyn) is shown to be completely ruthless, greatly ambitious, amoral and even a bit vicious. In other words, the creation of "Marilyn" would seem to be exactly what she wanted and that she would have no guilt whatsoever about "sleeping her way to the top."
The movie has some depictions of Norma Jean's being sexually abused and taken advantage of as a child. It is a really dark movie at times despite the glossy look on the cover. It is a portrait of a seriously disturbed, wounded, and out of balance woman.
I think that Ashley Judd was more believable as Norma Jean than Mia Sorvino as Marilyn, but playing Marilyn is rather challenging.
Overall the movie did show Marilyn to be no one worth idolizing, but I found it too dark, too contradictory (as mentioned above), and having too much nudity, thus coming across as a pseudo-psychological skin-flick.
details on the men in her life but i already knew so much ..i presume this was about the battle within...but i know she was alot moreliterate and very sensitive to hurts..a regular girl/woman with insecurites that were fed by the life she chose to lead... there were many who loved her for herself but pills overtook reality. i loved the movie..another different view of details of her life.